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February 4, 2013

David asks…

Where can I find FREE APARTMENT RENTAL TEMPLETS?

I would like to know if anyone can tell me where i can go online to find FREE APARTMENT RENTAL AGREEMENTS TEMPLETS that really are free…seems all of them have come across say free but then when I take a closer look I have to pay a fee.

Administrator answers:

Just go to your local office supply store such as office depot, office max or staples, they should have the legal forms for your state there pretty cheap, and fill it out with your renter.

Michael asks…

Can a rental office renege on an agreement to hold an apartment?

I paid $ to secure an apartment and the rental office rented it out to someone else… can they do this w/o my written consent if the apartment that was to be mine was guaranteed?
I paid $ to secure an apartment and the rental office rented it out to someone else… can they do this w/o my written consent if the apartment that was to be mine was guaranteed? the agreement is in writing

Administrator answers:

You placed an security deposit down on an apartment and they rented it out from under you is not legal unless it says that you must be approved thru a credit check. If you where approved thru the credit check then you can sue them for any and all out of pocket expenses including moving expenses storage expenses including attorney fees. And you must have signed the aggreement.

Linda asks…

Can you cancel a rental agreement before moving into an apartment, and can you keep your rent + deposit money?

Southern California, Los Angeles County area.

Administrator answers:

If you have signed a rental agreement, and put down your first/last month rent and a security deposit, then you are legally obligated to fulfill your financial obligation.

When you sign the lease, the landlord stops trying to rent out the apartment, so if you cancel, he will hold you financially responsible until it gets rented again.

Betty asks…

where will I find a lease agreement document for an apartment rental?

Administrator answers:

I would go to a stationary store that specialize in legal forms. You want to make sure that your lease conforms with the laws of your particular city and state. I use American Legal Forms, Inc. They are legal supply specialists and professional printing and have everything from leases to five-day-notices, etc. Attorneys obtain their forms from this company. Their website is www.americanlegalforms.com.

Good Luck!

Susan asks…

Would you move into an apartment with no lease or rental agreement with the landlord? (CA)?

HI—
So I have just about the biggest dilemma I’ve had in a while.
Let me give you some background. I’m moving June 1, (in less than a week) and was offered two rooms in two different San Francisco apartments. One for $840 not incl. Utilities (would come to a total of $890/mo) that is absolutely wonderful with two great people that already live there (and a wonderful closet!). The place is legit with credit checks and a month to month lease with a lawyer landlord. However, this place has no assigned parking, and in San Francisco, that is a really big deal!

The second place is only $600. The room is about the same size, and the closet is still a great size, however nowhere near as big as the one in the first place and the apartment in general is not as nice. There is parking available and this place is a little closer to my job than the first one. The two people who already live there are very nice, but my personality clicked with the first two people better. This apartment, does not have a lease, a rental agreement or anything to sign whatsoever…not even a landlord contact (I’ve asked). Rent is mailed off to the person who owns the property each month.

I am not sure which one to accept, as time is short. Unfortunately, since it is San Francisco, CA I cannot live on my own (even though I would be paying these amounts for a nice 2 bedroom in some other parts of the country) Obviously the $600 place would be more convenient and easier on my pockets, I’m just not sure how legit it is since the landlord basically does not know I (or any of the people living in that apartment) would be there.

I’m looking for a little advice…Please Help!

Thanks

Administrator answers:

I would never put myself in a position where I could be breaking the law or the lease. You wouldn’t know unless you saw the original lease. Anyway, you liked the first group of people better to begin with. Trust your instincts; the other people are doing something behind someone’s back and your instincts are to not trust them.

Best wishes to you!!!

Mandy asks…

Would you move into an apartment with no lease or rental agreement with the landlord? California?

HI—
So I have just about the biggest dilemma I’ve had in a while.
Let me give you some background. I’m moving June 1, (in less than a week) and was offered two rooms in two different San Francisco apartments. One for $840 not incl. Utilities (would come to a total of $890/mo) that is absolutely wonderful with two great people that already live there (and a wonderful closet!). The place is legit with credit checks and a month to month lease with a lawyer landlord. However, this place has no assigned parking, and in San Francisco, that is a really big deal!

The second place is only $600. The room is about the same size, and the closet is still a great size, however nowhere near as big as the one in the first place and the apartment in general is not as nice. There is parking available and this place is a little closer to my job than the first one. The two people who already live there are very nice, but my personality clicked with the first two people better. This apartment, does not have a lease, a rental agreement or anything to sign whatsoever…not even a landlord contact (I’ve asked). Rent is mailed off to the person who owns the property each month.

I am not sure which one to accept, as time is short. Unfortunately, since it is San Francisco, CA I cannot live on my own (even though I would be paying these amounts for a nice 2 bedroom in some other parts of the country) Obviously the $600 place would be more convenient and easier on my pockets, I’m just not sure how legit it is since the landlord basically does not know I (or any of the people living in that apartment) would be there.

I’m looking for a little advice…Please Help!

Thanks

Administrator answers:

I would absolutely not move into an apartment without a lease. While some people look at them as hassles, they protect a tenant as much as a landlord. For instance, without a lease, you can be summarily evicted (using due process, of course) for no reason at all, have rent raised with little or no notice, additional fees tacked on, the landlord isn’t legally bound to make repairs over and above what the SF building code requires, etc etc.

Helen asks…

How can I prove this rental agreement is not mine in court?

In 2004 a copy of my Driver’s License, Social Security card and Birth certificate were stolen from the outgoing mailbox at my apartment complex and so I put a fraud alert on my credit reports.

3 years later (now), I recieved a copy of my credit report and it has an apartment listed in my name that I’ve never rented before. I contacted the collection agency to dispute this. I told them that I’ve been at my current address for over 4 years and have rental documents to prove it. He said that being able to prove where I’ve lived over the past 4 years doesn’t mean anything because people have many different addresses.

I’ve disputed this with all 3 credit bureaus as well. My question is how can I prove that I did not lease this apartment. The rental contract that was mailed to me has ALL of my information regarding my employement, emergency contact info and current address on it. The signature even looks exactly like mine.
I have check stubs for the last 4 years with my address on it as well as bank statements with cleared checks for my rent for 4 years, tax return for 4 years, cable/ telephone bill. I can prove that I’ve never had a utility bill at the apartment they have claimed I’ve rented.

From looking at the rental agreement it seems as if someone who really know me did this because they have info. that only I or someone who really know me, would know. I have had many friends and family living with me over these 4 years whom I’ve had to put out but I have no contact with these people anymore and can’t say for sure that one of them would have done this. I want to take this to court but don’t for sure that I can win this becuase they do have a rental agreement with all my info. and a FAKE signature that looks like the real thing.

What can I do to prove that although the rental contract does have my info. on it, I did not give it to them nor sign the contract and to remove from credit report?
These documents were copies and not the originals that I was mailing to an employer for home-based work to prove that I can work in the US, so I did not need to get new ones. The outgoing mailbox for my apartment unit was broken into/opened, not my individual mailbox so the police said I did not need to file a report being that It was not my individual mailbox that was broken into.
I reported it to the apartment manager who does not work here anymore.
Is putting a fraud alert on my credit report the same thing as filing a theft ID report? because I did put a fraud alert on my credit report and have a copy of it.

Administrator answers:

You should have filed an identity theft report in 2004. If you didn’t, proving it now is going to be VERY difficult. You can ask for photo identification from the rental people at the so-called rented apartment. Unless they can positively identify you as the rental party, that will help with your rejection of this charge. Other than that, you are possibly going to need an attorney.

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